Hello, I'm James K. Lee.
I write and orchestrate
music for films.*

About

I'm a freelance, music industry professional based in Sydney, Australia.

* I have a background as a cellist and composer, but much of the work I do on films is in the realm of orchestrating and music copying. I also work as an arranger and music session librarian.

Is it just music "for films"? Actually, no, I've worked on a broad range of projects from tv adverts and documentaries, to opening ceremonies and operas. Listing all of the production types doesn't make for a nice and neat tag-line, so I just say I do music "for films". Much neater, don't you think?

Education

Music


 

Black Berries (2003)

Orchestral recordings from the AFTRS short drama, Black Berries.

Transit: Convergence

 

Transit (2006)

A short documentary chronicling the lives of four Hong Kong residents.

Punishment

Punishment (2008)

Music from a psychological thriller/horror.

Pipe Dreams: Federation

 

Pipe Dreams (2007)

"The story of the goldfields pipeline and the personal tragedy, political rivalry, corruption and the trial by media that almost tore apart Australia at the moment of its birth." - ABC

Raglan Road

See all of these tracks on my SoundCloud page.

Dawning of the Day / Raglan Road (2010)

This is an arrangement of 'Raglan Road' that I wrote while developing ideas for a film I was working on.

Credits

Orchestrator

James Cameron's
Deepsea Challenge 3D
Ricky Edwards, Brett Aplin,
Amy Bastow
The Railway Man David Hirschfelder
I, Frankenstein Reinhold Heil &
Johnny Klimek
Devil's Dust Matteo Zingales
Blinder Alies Sluiter
Dangerous Remedy Guy Gross
Mental Michael Yezerski
Happy Feet Two John Powell
The Hunter Matteo Zingales, Michael Lira,
Andrew Lancaster
Killer Elite Reinhold Heil &
Johnny Klimek
Sanctum David Hirschfelder
Legend of the Guardians:
The Owls of Ga'Hoole
David Hirschfelder
Summer Coda Alies Sluiter
South Solitary Mary Finsterer
Tomorrow, When the
War Began
Reinhold Heil &
Johnny Klimek
How to Train Your Dragon** John Powell
Cane Toads: The Conquest Martin Armiger
Green Zone** John Powell
Under the Mountain* Victoria Kelly
Accidents Happen Antony Partos
Australia David Hirschfelder
Jumper John Powell
Unfinished Sky Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales
September Roger Mason
P.S., I Love You John Powell
Joanne Lees:
Murder in the Outback
Guy Gross
December Boys Carlo Giacco
Happy Feet John Powell
Mary Bryant Iva Davies
Farscape:
The Peacekeeper Wars
Guy Gross
* Additional Orchestrations
**Uncredited

Filmography links and data courtesy of
The Internet Movie Database.

Composer

Punishment Dir / Wrt: Danny Matier
Constructing Australia:
Pipe Dreams
Dir: Franco Di Chiera
Transit Dir: Anthony Davison
RTA Oral History Documentary:
Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Prod: Frank Heimans
Birthday Boy Dir: Sejong Park
Black Berries Dir: Ema Mulholland
Sentences Dir: Sascha Ettinger
Milk Men Dir: Peter Templeman
Unlocked Dir: Tahnee McGuire


Music Preparation°/
Library

The Water Diviner David Hirschfelder
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Marco Beltrami
Mao's Last Dancer Christopher Gordon
Knowing Marco Beltrami
The Black Balloon Michael Yezerski
Romulus, My Father Basil Hogios
2006 Asian Games:
Opening Ceremony
Iva Davies
2006 Commonwealth Games:
Opening Ceremony
Christopher Gordon
Like Minds Carlo Giacco
Kokoda John Gray
The Bet John Gray
Safety in Numbers Carlo Giacco
The Colony Scott Saunders


Cellist

Broken Sun Matteo Zingales
Sexy Thing Jessica Wells
Butterfly Man Jessica Wells
The Colony Scott Saunders

°Music preparation work also carried out
on all projects listed under "Orchestration."

Awards

Constructing Australia:
Pipe Dreams

(2007)
Pipe Dreams Nominated (2007): APRA AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music in a Documentary.  
Birthday Boy
(2004)
Birthday Boy Poster Nominated (2004): AFI Award for Best Sound in a Non-Feature. Nomination shared with Chris McKeith (Sound Mixer) and Megan Wedge (Sound Designer).

Nominated (2005): MPSE Golden Reel Award for Best Music Editing in a Student Film. Nomination shared with Megan Wedge (Sound Editing).

Winner (2004): AFTRS Critic's Circle Award for the Best Music in a 2004 AFTRS Student Film.
This amazing short animation has screened in over 50 festivals worldwide and has won over 35 awards, including the BAFTA for Best Short Animation. It was also nominated for an Academy Award® in the same category.
Black Berries
(2004)
Black berries Nominated (2004): APRA AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music in a Short Film.

 

Contact


I'm currently not taking on further orchestration projects,
but feel free to get in touch if you have any queries.

james [at] jamesklee.com.au

Filmography links and data courtesy of
The Internet Movie Database.